The following link is an article written in The Times on Monday 14 January 2019 by Health Correspondent Kat Lay.
This is an interesting new usage of a blood test that has been around a long time. Hitherto, it was used specifically to confirm a diagnosis of a heart attack but the new NICE guidelines have sanctioned a new application for this blood test, namely the identification of seemingly healthy individuals who may be at high risk of a heart attack. The importance of troponin is that it is an enzyme that is only released due to heart muscle cell death. This being the case, its clear that a healthy individual should not have elevated troponin levels in his bloodstream.
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